United Kingdom

Tier 1 UK Investor Visa

Investors seeking a residency visa for the UK can consider the Tier 1 investment visa. This requires an investment of £2 million and allows temporary residency in the UK for the investor and their immediate family. After 2 years applicants can invest £10 million in order to settle permanently (or £5 million after 3 years). Applicants can apply for British citizenship after either 5 or 6 years of residency.

However gaining citizenship in the UK is far from guaranteed and often a frustrating process despite the necessary wealth of applicants. For High Net Worth applicants that wish to avoid mass over-subscription  and delays the most assured route to citizenship and permanent residency in the UK is through another EU country.

We recommend Cyprus to gain a passport and European citizenship within 6 months and the ability as an EU citizen to live anywhere in the EU. Or Portugal at a lower investment limit with the potential for an EU passport in six years.

Key Facts

    • Investment of €2 million (from 6 November 2014)
    • Investment not allowed in real estate
    • Full family: Spouse and children under 18
    • Temporary residency for 3 years 4 months
    • Can be extended a further 2 years.
    • Permanent residency £10 million 2 years, £5 million 3 years
    • Strict investment rules

Acquiring citizenship in the UK through investment in Tier 1 is one of the most attractive investment visa programmes. Investments are restricted to UK government bonds and share or loan capital in actively trading UK companies. Such investments can carry either a guaranteed but low rate of return or a degree of elevated risk for higher return.

Historically, the vast majority of Tier 1 Investor Visa applicants invest in UK Gilts. This asset class, perhaps the single most secure in the world, gives returns that after management fees rarely achieve 0.5% per year. While such an approach is ultra secure it is not a great investment return. Our fully compliant, capital guaranteed, solution provides 6% per annum returns. We feel this is one of the most attractive investment solutions available for Tier 1 investors and their families. Contact us for more information on our UK Tier 1 investment solution.

Next Steps


I want a golden visa

It is critical to gain the right advice from the start to avoid costly mistakes. Every visa scheme is different and in our experience every client situation is different too. Your needs, objectives and your family profile. Contact us to ensure your choice is the right one. Our advice is free for clients buying property through us.

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More Information

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